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United States Formally Recognizes Armenian Genocide

United States Formally Recognizes Armenian Genocide

President Joe Biden has issued a proclamation on behalf of the United States formally recognizing the Armenian Genocide, breaking precedent from previous administrations which had been reluctant to condemn the massacre due to the delicate alliance between the US and Turkey.

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Biden’s announcement fulfills one of his campaign promises and marks an end to decades of dillydallying around acknowledging the deaths of 1.5 million Armenians that occurred from 1915 to 1923 at the hands of the defunct Ottoman Empire.

Biden said in a statement released by the White House on Saturday:

Each year on this day, we remember the lives of all those who died in the Ottoman-era Armenian genocide and recommit ourselves to preventing such an atrocity from ever again occurring. Beginning on April 24, 1915, with the arrest of Armenian intellectuals and community leaders in Constantinople by Ottoman authorities, one and a half million Armenians were deported, massacred, or marched to their deaths in a campaign of extermination. We honor the victims of the Meds Yeghern so that the horrors of what happened are never lost to history. And we remember so that we remain ever-vigilant against the corrosive influence of hate in all its forms.

Of those who survived, most were forced to find new homes and new lives around the world, including in the United States. With strength and resilience, the Armenian people survived and rebuilt their community. Over the decades Armenian immigrants have enriched the United States in countless ways, but they have never forgotten the tragic history that brought so many of their ancestors to our shores. We honor their story. We see that pain. We affirm the history. We do this not to cast blame but to ensure that what happened is never repeated.

Today, as we mourn what was lost, let us also turn our eyes to the future—toward the world that we wish to build for our children. A world unstained by the daily evils of bigotry and intolerance, where human rights are respected, and where all people are able to pursue their lives in dignity and security. Let us renew our shared resolve to prevent future atrocities from occurring anywhere in the world. And let us pursue healing and reconciliation for all the people of the world. 

See Also

The American people honor all those Armenians who perished in the genocide that began 106 years ago today.

April 24th is designated as Armenian Genocide Remembrance Day in honor of those who perished.

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